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US, France, Russia condemn Tel Aviv 'terrorist' bus attack

Published on Nov 21, 2012 8:54 PM
 
A wounded woman is treated at the scene after an explosion on a bus in Tel Aviv on Nov 21, 2012. The United States condemned a bus bombing that injured 17 people in Tel Aviv on Wednesday and undermined attempts to mediate a ceasefire in Gaza, branding it a "terrorist attack". -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States, France and Russia condemned a bus bombing that injured 17 people in Tel Aviv on Wednesday and undermined attempts to mediate a ceasefire in Gaza, branding it a "terrorist attack".

"These attacks against innocent Israeli civilians are outrageous," the White House said, reaffirming Washington's "unshakeable commitment to Israel's security and our deep friendship and solidarity with the Israeli people".

"The United States will stand with our Israeli allies, and provide whatever assistance is necessary to identify and bring to justice the perpetrators of this attack," it said in a statement.

Police said the blast erupted as the bus passed behind the Kiriya, Israel's sprawling defence ministry in the centre of Tel Aviv.

 
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